Colorado and Canyon Lose their Base Trims

2021 Chevy Colorado Facelift

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Highlights

  • 2021 Chevy Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon get facelifts
  • 2021 GMC Canyon’s won’t have SL trims
  • GM to launch 31XX-2 platform

Recently, GM exclusively reported that both the 2021 Chevy Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon are going to get a few facelifts. The manufacturer is going to add new front grille treatments to these trims. Colorado’s rugged outlook will work smoothly with the new color range, which adds three new hues to its range. These include Bright Blue Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Sand Dune Metallic. On the other hand, the Canyon’s will add four new colors to its palette. The new color range includes Summit White, Desert Sand Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Onyx Black, and Cayenne Red Tintcoat.

2021 Chevy Colorado
2021 Chevy Colorado
2021 GMC Canyon
2021 GMC Canyon

The manufacturer has released the pictures of the upgraded WT, LT, and Z71 2021 Colorado trims; however, it has yet to disclose photos of the ZR2. The upgraded versions have center bars, lower fascia, and skid plates in the front. Both WT and LT trims will also feature bowtie-shaped logos, and the Z71 will have the same logo in black color. 

Moreover, all 2021 Colorado’s will have the manufacturer’s embossed tailgate except for the San Dune metallic color available for the Z71 and ZR2 trims. The ZR2’s will have a ventilated grille like those visible in the 2019 models and a lower fascia section in comparison to other trims. The manufacturer has added a red-colored tow hook visible in the ZH2 military hydrogen concept models.

Chevy Colorado Z71 Badge
Chevy Colorado Z71 Badge

The ZR2 SUVs have enhanced off-road capabilities because of features like electronic locking differentials and skid plates in its front and rear ends, 2″ suspension lifts, 3.5 broad tracks, iron cast control arms, among others. But the company has yet to specify its powertrain and interior upgrades. As per Bob Krape, marketing in charge of the company, the new updates will make it more aggressive and even make it more reward worthy. 

Another distinct change noticeable by owners and reviewers would be the structural change of both vehicles. GMC is deleting the pre-existing SL-SLE-SLT-Denali GMC structural trims in Canyons by removing the SL variants and replacing them with the AT4’s. Similarly, the automaker will no longer make Colorado 2SA. Instead, 2WTs or Work Trucks in its entry models will replace them. 

20201 Chevy Colorado ZR2
20201 Chevy Colorado ZR2

The LT, Z71, and ZR2 will still come in the upcoming 2021 Colorado’s. But the same can’t be said for the Canyons. Canyon 2WD, 4WD, SLE 2WD, SLE 4WD, All Terrain 4WD, SLT 2WD, and SLT 4WD will no longer be manufactured. Instead, the carmaker will make Elevation Standard 2WD and 4WD, Elevation 2WD and 4WD and AT4 in 2021 trims. But the Denali 2WD and 4WD are unchanged. 

2021 GMC Canyon front three quarters in snow
2021 GMC Canyon front three quarters in snow

According to the manufacturer, this significant change is happening to sustain vehicle interest in the public until the new ones arrive. The overhauled versions of the two models will most probably launch in 2023 and 2024 under their annual series. These versions will have GM 31XX-2 platform, an enhanced version of the pre-existing GM 31XX that will support the new and existing trucks. Stay tuned for more updates on Chevy and GMC trims.

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